|Playwright Steven Drukman rehearses the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of The Prince of Atlantis with, |
from left to right, Brett Ryback, Adam Arkin and Matthew Arkin.
By Kelly L. Miller
Playwright Steven Drukman is having a banner spring. His new play, The Prince of Atlantis, will have its world premiere on the Segerstrom Stage in April, anchoring the 2012 Pacific Playwrights Festival. And a reading of his newest play, Death of the Author, kicked off Manhattan Theatre Club’s prestigious 7 @ 7 reading series in New York in March. Death of the Author will also be featured in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Unplugged new play festival in April.
Drukman’s work has been produced all over the country, but his artistic relationship with South Coast Repertory began over a decade ago. His play The Bullet Round was read in our NewSCRipts reading series in 2001 and his play Truth and Beauty was featured in the 2002 Pacific Playwrights Festival.
With The Prince of Atlantis, Steven Drukman is returning home—literally. The play is set in his hometown of Newton, MA, just outside of Boston – in the predominantly Italian neighborhood of Nonantum. (An area known as “down the lake,” distinguished by its unique Boston jargon.) In this heartfelt comedy, Drukman tells the story of two adult brothers – Joey and Kevin Coletti – in crisis and on the verge of major life change.
|Adam Arkin, Nike Doukas and Matthew Arkin rehearse the Pacific |
Playwrights Festival reading of The Prince of Atlantis.
The Prince of Atlantis is a poignant and funny dramatic exploration of the nature of brotherhood, loyalty, love and families—old and new. Faced with meeting his brother’s secret son, Kevin must decide how much of the past to reveal—and which secrets should remain untold.
SCR audiences first heard The Prince of Atlantis read last season as part of our NewSCRipts reading series, followed by a hit reading of the play in the 2011 Pacific Playwrights Festival. Actors Matthew Arkin (Kevin) and Brett Ryback (Miles) have been with the play since that first reading and actress Nike Doukas (Connie) joined the cast during PPF. Veteran film actor John Kapelos (Joey) completes the acting company.
This world premiere production is helmed by director Warner Shook, a longtime member of SCR’s artistic family. Shook has directed numerous SCR productions including last season’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir and Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart in 2010.